"Whatever you do, do it with all your heart"
Kirsten received her RYT 200 from Carly Grace Power Yoga RYS in 2016. She grew up in Boston and moved to Atlanta in 2015 to be closer to her sister and nephews. When she's not on her mat, Kirsten loves to cook, spend time with family and friends, or curl up on the couch with her puppies, a good book, and a glass of wine.
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Yoga Alliance RYT 196670
After sixteen years of practicing yoga, I felt inspired to take TPY Teacher Training to deepen my own practice with no expectation that I might one day teach. As training progressed, I found myself drawn to the possibility of teaching in order to give back some small measure of the gifts my teachers have given me over the years. As a teacher, I hope that I am able to share what I find beautiful about yoga with others.
I am lucky to have the staunch support of my husband, John, our two sons, Johnny and Nate, and our dog, Buddy."
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YA RYT 196330
During college, she began practicing yoga to escape her intense cheerleading training; a desire to find more purposeful friendships and cultivate a greater well-being kept her coming back. After a lifetime of perfection-based sports, yoga was the first thing Carly practiced where a perfect-ten mentality wasn’t required, and she delighted in yoga’s celebration of imperfection.
At only 24, she opened Thunderbolt as a community-based studio where instructors practice with each other, students make friends, and yogis count on clean spaces and familiar faces.
As a YA 200 E-RYT, Carly’s studied and practiced with influencers and teachers across the country. In addition to teaching, she leads Carly Grace Power Yoga RYS Trainings, and generates content for her lifestyle/wellness blog, carlygraceyoga.com.
When teaching, she encourages people to move like themselves, helps students be audaciously playful in their practices and lives, and hopes to inspire the “be for one another” mentality that shapes her business.
Meet Carly for a sweaty, soul-drenched class, say “hello” on Instagram @carlygraceyoga, and tune in for her online yoga classes, launching soon!
Then my husband and I spent four months hiking up the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to New Jersey. The stillness of mind that I found in the midst of the day to day grind of backpacking was truly my first authentic experience of meditation. Losing myself in the rhythm of it, absorbing the natural beauty all around me, gave me a taste of a spiritual connection that I craved more and more of.
Once we returned to what most would call normal life, I needed a means of fostering and evolving that connection. And the way that presented itself to me was yoga. The combination of movement, breath and sweat allowed me to let go and be right there, on the mat and in that moment. After a few years of developing my personal practice, I decided to merge a love and a gift. My love of yoga as expression through movement and my gift of being able to help others find joy through their own creative assertions.
Now that I have completed my yoga teacher certification at Thunderbolt, I am confident in my path and sure of my place on it. My creativity continues to flourish and my yoga practice blesses me with a peace that keeps the rest of my crazy life in perspective. My hope is that as I walk this path, I help the yogis who move with me to be strong, connected, happy and creatively expressed."
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Yoga Alliance RYT 199993
That year and the one that followed were truly roller coaster rides. Working 3 jobs, trying to get into medical school, and adapting to life as an adult left me feeling defeated and depleted. When I found Thunderbolt Power Yoga, I knew that I had found my happy place, my release, my sense of ease. I had always wondered about teacher training as a means of achieving personal growth, and so in January of 2015, I decided to stop overanalyzing, stop fighting it, and just go for it. Throughout the experience, I shocked myself with what was possible in my personal transformation, in my love for myself, and my love for teaching. I embraced this new found love and never looked back.
Yoga has allowed me to release stress, have fun, build strength, and learn to LET GO. I believe that life is all about finding balance between work and play and when not on my mat, you can find me studying (obviously), traveling, and consuming all of the sushi, matcha, and champagne that I can get. I strive to spread love and light in everything I do, and have endless love and gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing Thunderbolt community.
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Yoga Alliance RYT 165007